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Jerusalem Pilgrims and the Holy Cross in the Fourth Century

Borgehammar, Stephan LU (2012) In Patristica Nordica Annuaria 27. p.57-79
Abstract
Pilgrimage is an important element of Christianity right from the start, being rooted in the Jewish religion. Pilgrimage to sites in the Holy Land develops strongly in the fourth century as the sites are made accessible and are adorned with sanctuaries by the Emperor. The Cross of Christ becomes an important object of devotion to pilgrims, but the story of its discovery is considered by many scholars as fiction. The article shows that careful source criticism reveals the story to be based on early Jerusalemitic tradition sanctioned by bishop Cyril of Jerusalem, while objections to its essential veracity are based on flimsier evidence and arguments.
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Pilgrimage, Jerusalem, fourth century, Holy Cross, Cyril of Jerusalem, Gelasius of Caesarea, source criticism, Inventio Crucis
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Patristica Nordica Annuaria
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27
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57 - 79
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Avdelningen för kristendomens historia, Teologiska institutionen, Lunds universitet
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2001-2365
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English
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